When Harry helps his Nan tidy her loft he finds a box full of dusty old dinosaurs. After a wash and a few repairs the dinosaurs become Harry’s special friends and travel everywhere with him, until one day he loses them. Will he find them again? This appealing story (with a happy ending!) is ideal for young dinosaur fanatics. The Harry and the Dinosaurs books have their own website and have inspired a TV series as well.
Share the story
Before you start reading the story look at the title page together and say the names of the dinosaurs (including Harry-o-saurus). What would your child be called if he or she were a dinosaur? For example ‘Jake-o-saurus’ or ‘Ellie-o-Saurus’. You could make up dinosaur names for the whole family!
Read the story aloud allowing time to talk about the pictures and what children think will happen next.
When you re-read the story encourage your to join in, for example with the places Harry takes his dinosaurs and perhaps their names as well. If your child has toy dinosaurs they might like to listen to the story too.
Talk about the book
Children will be able to relate to Harry’s feelings at different points in the story. You could talk about how Harry feels when he finds the dinosaurs and why he gets so cross with his sister after he loses them. Look at the pictures of the dinosaurs on the end papers together, talk about them, name and count them.
Watch the story